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Griseofulvin is a medication which is given to the patients who suffer from ringworm infections. Ringworm infection is a fungal infection which usually affects your nails, scalp, hair follicles, thighs, buttocks, groin and feet. It is recommended to take Griseofulvin during a meal in order to avoid irritation if the stomach. Besides taking this medication, proper hygiene measures are necessary to avoid spreading of the infection.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Griseofulvin are headache, fatigue, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Griseofulvin can also make you feel dizzy and exhausted, and you may experience sleeping disorders. Side effects of Griseofulvin which are considered to be serious include tingling sensation or numbness in the feet or hands, sores in the mouth and confusion. You may also notice symptoms of flu, such as fever, chills, sore throat, weakness in the muscles and pain in the joints. Women may experience changes in menstrual periods.
Some side effects may appear when you start taking Griseofulvin, but they may go away as soon as your body adjusts on this medication. In case the side effects are persistent and severe, you should inform your doctor about it, so he/she could adjust the dose or change your treatment. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience side effects which are similar to the symptoms of lupus disease. Such symptoms may include swelling of the joints of the fingers, redness and rash of the skin on the nose and cheeks, sunlight sensitivity, fatigue and sores or lesions on the skin. Side effects such as severe nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness, confusion and sudden headache may indicate that you overdosed with Griseofulvin.

Allergic Reaction

If you experience allergic reactions to Griseofulvin, you must immediately contact your doctor. Allergic reactions may include swelling of the face, tongue or lips, tension in the chest and skin disorders, such as, rash and itchiness.


Griseofulvin is not recommended for pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding because it may cause harm to the baby. Tell your doctor if you are using any contraceptive or other medications. Also inform your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin or any other medications. In case you have any problems with liver or bone marrow, make sure that your doctor knows about it because Griseofulvin may worsen your condition. You should stay away from the sunlight and you should avoid drinking alcohol in order to reduce the risk of serious side effects.

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